But since then it has been subject to a tug of war with the CIA.
But one can never tell which way politics will tug Mr. Obama.
Children or those acting like them will tug at heart or apron stings.
c.1500, from tug (v.). Meaning "small steamer used to tow other vessels" is recorded from 1817. Phrase tug of war (1670s) was originally figurative, "the decisive contest, the real struggle."